After looking at Willy’s week-to-week futility, I thought it was appropriate to do the same for his partner in havoc, Jerry Hairston, Jr.
JHJ’s season hasn’t been good – especially for a guy batting #2 in the lineup – but he hasn’t reached Willy Levels of futility, either. Ã‚Â But take a look at the second chart, too.
It’s really interesting. Ã‚Â I figure it can be one of four things:
- Injury-related. Ã‚Â When Hairston is healthy enough to play, he’s healthy enough to hit well.
- Hairston really needs playing time to be effective. Ã‚Â I don’t think this is it, or we’d see increased production always follow increased playing time – what you do see there at the end.
- The Genius of Dusty Baker – recognizing JHJ’s hot streaks perfectly. Ã‚Â I could be wrong, but I’m not sure the chart shows this, either.
- A coincidence. Ã‚Â Sample size is small and the weekly cutoffs arbitrary.